Last spring I casually mentioned that I thought there was no way Tyler Clippard would be as good in 2011 as 2010. In fact, I said "If Clippard is as good this year I'll eat my hat. And by HAT I mean a Ham, Avacado, and Tomato sandwich"
2010 : 3.07 ERA, 41 walks in 91 innings
2011 : 1.83 ERA, 26 walks in 88 innings
Hmmm. Now I can dig into the fancy stats and pull out the one or two ways he didn't surpass 2010, and I could try to bring up that that big decrease in ERA was due to a completely unsustainable LOB%, but even after all that I'd be just wasting everyone's time. He certainly was at least a little better than 2010, if not alot, so point Clippard.
Just so you know I'm not a liar, here is the sandwich.
The lesson learned was that I should have given in on this bet in August, rather than hold out for a September crash, so I could have used ripe tomatoes. Next time I'll pick an edible item more fall related. Like a Ham, Apple, and Turnip salad or something. Beacuse Clippard surely isn't going to be as good next year. I mean come on!